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Read These Hilarious Yelp Reviews of Buckingham Fountain

By Kyla Gardner | March 11, 2015 8:56am | Updated on March 11, 2015 10:59am

GRANT PARK — Review site Yelp can be both the scourge of business owners and a great way for foodies to find a new favorite restaurant.

A bad Yelp review of a North Park business recently landed the reviewers, a husband and wife, on the receiving end of a lawsuit.

Yelp data also helped DNAinfo map which foods are the most disproportionately popular in each 'hood.

Most importantly, as with any review site, Yelp can be downright strange and funny, a blank slate for human expression.

Kyla Gardner breaks down Yelpers' fascination with the fountain:

So we bring you "Chicago Reviewed," a series where we'll curate portions of some of the more bizarre reviews of Chicago landmarks, parks and streets.

First up is Buckingham Fountain, the 1.5-million-gallon-capacity water feature in Grant Park, "Chicago's Front Yard" lawn ornament, and one of the city's most-visited tourist attractions.

(Flickr/Chris Smith)

All reviews are credited to Yelp, and may be partial.

Chicago, Reviewed: Buckingham Fountain, 4.5 Stars out of 5

"Married with Children" references were the third-most popular topic, behind Lake Michigan and the nightly light show.



Two stars!? You COME ON, Nik!

JUST A FOUNTAIN? Buckingham was planned as the focal point of Grant Park, "Chicago's Front Yard," by architect Edward H. Bennett, who co-authored the 1909 Burnham Plan. It was inspired by Versailles! But re-circulates three times more water! 50,000 people went to its 1927 opening, just 190,000 less people who saw President Barack Obama's victory speech 80 years later in Grant Park! It has lights!

That's a good grasp of perspective principles.

We don't want to know what happened here to knock off that fifth star.

Did you also find that it got bigger as you got closer, like Kristine R.?

We hope, for the sake of Buckingham's rating, they are still together!

Buckingham Fountain will welcome Spring with geysers beginning in April!

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